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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Dukakis helped torpedo the presidential ambitions of Missouri Democrat Dick Gephardt back in 1988 with an infamous flip-flop attack ad. Now, it's Republicans who are blasting Gephardt, this time for his changing position on abortion.Will voters care? Or does the GOP have something else in mind?To be sure, as Gephardt's presidential ambitions have grown over the years, his views on abortion have shifted more and more in favor of legalized abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CLARIFICATION: Clarifies to show that entitlement spending would increase more slowly.) (CNSNews.com) - Weeks after the Republican-led House passed legislation to create a new Medicare prescription bill, a key member of the Senate GOP leadership is sending a conflicting signal - that entitlement program spending might have to be slowed in order to deal with the mounting budget deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida is about to restore voting privileges to some 30,000 convicted felons as part of a lawsuit settlement. Even though the last presidential election in 2000 was so close and the high percentage of black felons could become Democratic voters, the measure may not dim President Bush's chances next year or change the outcome of the next election, analysts said.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential rivals Howard Dean and John Kerry have both come forward with their blueprints for federally mandated mental health insurance parity, despite the fact that Americans now have unprecedented access to prescription drug treatment.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Friday announced that the Senate will recess for the President's Day holiday instead of forcing a vote on the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada.Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference Friday, Frist said he will try to force a vote on the nomination of Estrada to the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals after the recess is over and the Senate reconvenes.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While the Democratic front is mostly calm in New Hampshire's Sept. 10 primaries, it's Republicans who are battling it out for their party's nomination in the state's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races.Two-term Republican Sen. Bob Smith faces a career-threatening challenge from U.S. Rep. John Sununu, while three would-be Republican governors vie for the endorsement of the GOP rank-and-file.Sununu leads Smith, 56 to 34 percent, according to a University of New Hampshire (UNH) poll of likely primary voters conducted Aug. 29 through Sept. 3.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Despite skepticism from teacher unions and other interest groups, the Bush administration is developing national teacher certification standards to encourage states to get skilled industry professionals into the teaching profession, end teacher shortages and fulfill the goals of the president's No Child Left Behind Act, which calls for reducing barriers and increasing standards for entering the teaching field.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Both major political parties are citing issue and tactical advantages that will produce Election Day victories in enough Senate races to win control of the chamber, which Democrats now enjoy by a one-vote majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican moderates in the Senate who scaled back the president's dividend tax cut to a mere $350 billion have been the target of presidential visits, negative advertising and interest group pressure of late. But so far, the efforts haven't made vote switchers out of George Voinovich (Ohio), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republicans remain hopeful that enough of the 12 or so competitive Senate races will break their way on Nov. 5, allowing them to snatch control of the chamber away from Tom Daschle and jump start President Bush's stalled legislative agenda.But the results from Election Day may end up so close that the ultimate outcome will be delayed. Both political parties could end up mounting legal challenges, reminding voters of the 36-day recount battle that followed the 2000 presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor unions enjoy a variety of special perquisites and privileges that sometimes leave the unwitting taxpayer footing the bill.Labor unions receive millions of taxpayer dollars at the federal and state level to administer a variety of education and training programs, which frees up other union funds for political activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the firing of his top two economic advisors last week, President Bush signaled that crafting and selling an economic stimulus will be a priority. Both will prove a difficult task, since Congress and economists disagree about what will cure the ailing economy and be politically palatable.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats have been sounding alarm bells about Republican deficit spending, but during the two days of debate on homeland security appropriations, it was the Democrats who offered amendments to increase spending by over $17 billion in 2004."It is inconceivable that in just two years, President George W. Bush has taken the nation from historic budget surpluses to the deepest deficits in history," railed Democratic presidential candidate and Fla. Sen. Bob Graham.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Alliance of American Insurers) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican efforts to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats will be made more difficult this fall by the fact that the GOP will have 20 seats to defend while Democrats will only have 14. However, in converting the political races into a medical metaphor, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), the Senate's only doctor, insists Republicans may "have more patients," but Democrats "have more in intensive care."